Today, Governor Laura Kelly congratulated the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) on national recognition for the Turner Diagonal Project in Wyandotte County. The Turner Diagonal project was recently named a top 12 finalist in the America’s Transportation Awards (ATA) 2021 competition.
“Congratulations to everyone at KDOT for this well-deserved recognition for the Turner Diagonal project.” said Governor Laura Kelly. “Since day one, my government has been using transportation money for what it’s meant to be – improving our roads, bridges, and highways to create jobs, grow our economy, and improve the quality of life for all Kansans. This recognition is proof that our efforts are working. “
The $ 30.3 million Turner Diagonal Project in Kansas City reconfigured the intersection on I-70, clearing nearly 50 acres of right of way and opening 300 acres of land for economic development and job creation. With alternative delivery methods, the project was completed early and opened less than a year after the groundbreaking.
“From the beginning, the Turner Diagonal project embodied a large part of our new IKE transportation program and built on the fundamental elements of partnerships, options and problem solving.” said Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz. “With this project, we have met the principles of the public sector and the urgency of the private sector.”
The Turner Diagonal Project used public funding from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, KDOT, and a USDOT Build grant, as well as private support. The Kansas Turnpike Authority gave right of way. Completion of the project 20 months faster than in the traditional delivery months has created 2,000 new jobs in the Turner Logistics Park. Truck staging areas improved truck travel times in the area. Pedestrian walkways and sidewalks represented a more sustainable, usable common good.
The finalists – out of 80 nominees from 35 state DOTs – are now competing for the ATA Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Both prizes come with a $ 10,000 prize pool for a charity or transportation grant, at the choice of the winners.
The winner of the ATA People’s Choice Awards will be selected through online voting. KDOT and Governor Kelly encourage Kansans to show their support by voting here once a day for the Turner Diagonal project. Voting is ongoing and will last until October 25th. Experts from the transportation industry will select the grand prize winner.
National ATA winners will be announced at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) annual meeting in late October.